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The Annual Spring Fiesta
Over 115 alumni, friends and faculty gathered at NYC’s Café Centro on May 6th to bid farewell to retiring RCDS faculty members Libby Bauer, Carol Lichtenfeld, Donna Fulton, and Dick Pike as they move into the next exciting phase of their lives. Their presence will be missed on campus. To see photos: Rye 10-11: Cinco de Mayo | Todd Shapera Photography
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Alumni Athletes in the News
Gregg Cohenca ’08
BISON TENNIS - Reprinted from www.bucknellbison.com
Despite having its Robert Morris match rained out, the Bucknell men’s team had its share of matches last week at the Patriot League Tournament. A 4-1 quarterfinal win over Colgate sent the Bison to their fifth consecutive semifinal bout on Saturday. The postseason ended there, however, as top-seeded Army knocked out No. 4 Bucknell 4-2.
Against the Raiders, Bucknell earned the doubles point and sealed the victory with singles wins from Josh Katten, Mark Malloy, and Evan Zimmer. The Bison also took the doubles point off the Black Knights the next day, giving them an unexpected boost after Army swept doubles action during the regular season. Bucknell could not hang on, however, as Gregg Cohenca ’08 (Rye Country Day School) was the only other Bison to claim a point after his three-set win at No. 1 singles.
Gregg Cohenca will be looking to push his singles record into winning territory when Bucknell and Bloomsburg square off. The junior is currently 13-13 on the year. Should he improve to a better than .500 mark, it would be the first winning season of Cohenca’s career. His 16 doubles wins are already a single-season career high.
Zack Tax '10
Zack was named Rookie of the Year at Columbia University this spring.
According to the university's athletics Web site, www.gocolumbialions.com, "Rookie right-handed pitcher Zack Tax earned the team's Rookie of the Year award after a strong first season on the mound. 'Zack did a great job out of the pen and with his one start,' Head Coach Brett Boretti said. 'He has a very bright future and will be a guy we'll rely on heavily.' Tax pitched in 10 games for the Lions, posting a 3.63 earned run average and a 2-0 record. He struck out 15 batters in 22 1/3 innings and opponents batted just .221 against the right-hander." To read more, please click here.
Harriet Dudley Arnold writes, “Thanks for seeing that Rye grows better and better!”
Michelle Myers Florence writes that she heard Barbara Marx Hubbard ’47 deliver the keynote speech at the 60th Anniversary of Wainwright House, a spiritual retreat in Rye “Barbara is a dedicated futurist who shared her vision for 2012. She sees a new consciousness evolving that will better deal with world crises and the increasing complexities of life. As a result, we will see greater freedom and the need to come together. The Internet will be and is an asset, uniting people in a common goal. After her talk, the group met in small discussion circles, to process the information and plan for the future of this work. Spirit circle will continue at Wainwright House beginning June 1st, 2011.”
Barbara Marx Hubbard ’47 and Michelle Myers Florence ’50
1966 (45th Reunion – Saturday, October 15th, 2011)
With the Khumbu ice flow in the background, David S. Pinkham (RCDS Class of '66) pauses just outside Mount Everest Base Camp at 17,000 feet in April 2010.
David Pinkham reports that he was in Brooklyn for an art opening for Ken Rush ’67. Ken grew up in Rye and, along with his sister, Cynthia, and brother, John, went to RCDS for a number of years in the early 1970’s. Ken also taught art in the Lower School at RCDS. He now teaches at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn.
Jimmy Newman '66, Ken Rush '67,David Pinkham '66, and Jonathan Reader '62.
Kenji Horie writes, “I have returned from Moscow back to Tokyo, Japan, in July 2011 after 5 years of assignment at Sumitomo Corporation Moscow Office. My wife, Kazuko, my daughter, Yumiko, and myself enjoyed the years in Moscow, which were a precious experience that you can never have in USA or in Japan. Kazuko became the best Russian speaker in our family, using the language in her everyday life. Yumiko graduated from Anglo-American High School in Moscow and is now a sophomore in Tokyo University. I am working in Sumitomo Corporation Head Office in Tokyo.
As you may know, there was a gigantic earthquake in the eastern part of Japan on March 11, 2011. Fortunately, there was no casualty or damage around me, but thousands of people died due to the 30-meter tsunami that hit the cities after the earthquake. I would like to offer my heartfelt condolence to the families and friends of those who have been killed, and my deep sympathies to all those whose lives have been affected by this dreadful event.”
1991 – (20th Reunion – Saturday, October 15th, 2011)
Tanya Southerland Narcel was named NYU School of Law’s Alumna of the Month in April. Tanya is the resident country director in Senegal for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency created in 2004 to tie foreign aid to good governance, social investments, and promotion of economic freedom. To read more: http://www.law.nyu.edu/alumni/almo/pastalmos/2010-11ALMOs/tanyasoutherlandnarcelapril/index.htm
Suzanne Cannistraro Napoli and her husband, TJ, welcomed daughter Olivia Frances on April 12th, 2011.
Adam Korngold received an Environmental Merit Award from the Environmental Protection Agency New England at an awards ceremony on May 11, 2011, at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Adam is standing next to Curt Spalding, the Regional Administrator of the EPA New England.
Elizabeth Dubin married Alexander Pugatch on April 2nd. Elizabeth is an associate account executive for DS Consulting Group, a fund-raising and event planning firm in New York City.
2006 - (5th Reunion – Saturday, October 15th, 2011)
Matthew Andryc is finishing his master’s degree this spring in Mandarin Chinese at Dartmouth College.
Brooks Vardell graduated from Washington & Lee and is now in a pre-med program at Westchester University (Penn State).
Andrew Nathanson writes, “I am an architectural studies major, working as a photographer for the Office of College Relations. My work has appeared in many college print publications, magazines and on the Web. I was recently awarded 2nd and 3rd place in a Centennial photography contest.”
Janelle McDermoth has been speaking up at Penn. Check out the link below, which will take you to the PDF version of the Daily Pennsylvanian in which Janelle is featured on the front page. We are proud of Janelle for using her skills to create a more welcoming campus at Penn! www.dailypennsylvanian.com/files/pdfversion/2011/04/0421pdf.pdf